**I am currently booking assessments for the Grade 5-12 application deadline, which is at the end of February, 2020. Assessments can be booked online immediately by clicking here, or by telephone at (587) 887-9141.**
Are you considering applying for your child to attend the gifted program at Westmount Charter School? We have a specific gifted assessment that is designed to meet Westmount’s application requirements.
As part of the application process for Westmount, they require a psychological report from a registered psychologist indicating that your child has undergone recent intelligence testing (also called an IQ test or cognitive assessment) using standardized assessment tools. This report must contain information about your child’s development, as well as provide their FSIQ (Full Scale Intelligence Quotient) and GAI (General Ability Index) scores obtained during testing.
Westmount Charter School’s criteria to qualify as a gifted learner is a Full Scale IQ score or GAI score of 130 +/-5.
Westmount Application Assessment
What is involved?
The assessment is conducted by Stephanie Laborge, a Registered Psychologist, and includes the following:
- Initial intake interview with parents/guardians
- Background questionnaire completed by parents
- Review of report cards, IPPs/ILPs if applicable, previous assessment reports, medical documentation, work samples and any other relevant material
- Cognitive assessment (using the required WPPSI-IV, WISC-V or WAIS-IV)
- Final feedback meeting with parents to discuss results
- Written report including FSIQ and GAI scores, as well as Nonverbal Index scores (NVI) if applicable
How long does the assessment take?
For students entering Grades 5-12, a single session lasting 2-3 hours can be scheduled. I meet with parents first, for approximately 15-30 minutes, to review your completed questionnaire and talk to you about your child’s developmental history, as well as their strengths, areas of need, academic history, and so on. This also provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the process.
Next I meet directly with your child to conduct the assessment, which typically takes between 1 and 2 hours in total, depending on the individual. We will take as many breaks as your child needs, to get up and stretch, have a snack, play a game or take a short walk around the office. Some students are so focussed and engaged in the assessment that they choose not to take a break, and that is ok too!
Once the assessment is completed, parents are invited back into the room where we spend 15-30 minutes reviewing the results, including whether or not your child meets Westmount’s admission requirements. You will then have the choice as to whether or not you would like to have a psychological report prepared and made available to you within 1-2 weeks.
How much does the assessment cost?
Fees for psychological services are $200 per hour. The assessment process is usually 2-3 hours in length ($400-$600), and if you choose to have a psychological report prepared, it takes approximately 2 hours ($400).
Can you come to my home for the assessment?
Assessments usually occur in my office (South Calgary or Okotoks locations available). If your child is young (3-4 years old) or has anxiety about completing the assessment in an office, home visits can be arranged with travel time billed at the standard hourly rate. Most children demonstrate similar performance at home as they would at the office (in the same way they usually do well on their own in a school or other care setting), and I work hard to create a fun, welcoming and safe environment with as many breaks as they need to feel confident and comfortable.
Deadline for Westmount Application
Kindergarten – Grade 4 (Elementary Campus)
For Kindergarten through Grade 4 students, Westmount closed their applications on November 29, 2019. They will begin their next round of accepting applications for Grades K-4 in the Fall of 2020. Psychological assessment reports for this age group are valid for one year, and ideally should be booked starting in August, 2020.
Grades 5 – 12 (Mid-High Campus)
For students entering Grades 5 through 12, Westmount is currently accepting applications starting November 18th, 2019 and ending February 28, 2020. Our current turnaournd time from booking through receiving your final report is 1-2 weeks.
Book your assessment today or contact us for a free telephone consultation to ensure you are able to submit your application in time.